Two quite unusual requests for cards this week...
This first one is for the friend of a work colleague who is emigrating to Australia in the next couple of weeks. I was at a total loss initially, thinking along the lines of kangaroos and boomerangs, but after playing Geo Challenge on Facebook I came up with the flag idea (strange what inspires us cardmakers isn't it!). The actual card was huge - nearly A4 size - and was fastened together with tape and ribbons. The flag itself was surprisingly easy - I found a website where you can print off pictures of flags for kids to colour - and then used good old tracing paper (Smart price greaseproof paper!)
The second card was for an 18 year old lad who is into paint-balling. I made the splats bigger than I should have and they wouldn't all fit onto any conventional card sizes so I folded an A4 sheet of card in half length ways rather than to A5. This unusual size worked well but I did have to make an envelope to fit. If I could get readymade envelopes in this size I would use this size a lot because everyone commented on how unusual it was.
I do think that using different sizes of cards can make a great impact. I can't remember the last time I used the basic A6 size card blank - it just got so boring. Most of my cards nowadays are either 6x6 square or A5. I only wish I could get 8x8 envelopes cos the possibilities with that size of card are endless!